Locomotives

Bing for Bassett-Lowke

GNR Atlantic 1442 1909

 

Built by Bing for Bassett-Lowke, this model was first introduced in 1909.

 

On this locomotive, the paint is in original condition, but the electric motor has been replaced and it now runs on 20v DC.

Marklin

MIDLAND RAILWAY Class 2P 1913

 

Made by Marklin around 1913 for sale by Gamages.

 

As built, this loco had a clockwork mechanism with driving wheels somewhat under-size. This gave the model an unfortunate toy-like appearance. This was a great pity since in other respects, this was an excellent interpretation of the prototype. Probably due to the advent of WW1, the loco seems to have been in production for a short time only. This rather fine model has now been repainted and is fitted with scale driving wheels and a 20v DC motor.

GCR 4-6-0 ‘Sir Sam Fay’ 1923

 

Although this loco has the appearance of the tinplate Bing for Bassett-Lowke model, it was in fact scratch-built contemporaneously to Bassett-Lowke proportions and utilises original B.L. castings. Unlike the commercial version, this model retains the flange on the centre driving wheels. The former was a subtle adaption by Bassett-Lowke to allow the engine to negotiate smaller radius curves. 20v DC

 

LB&SCR Marsh Atlantic Tank I3

 

Having insufficient funds to buy an original tin plate model, I Built this engine from scratch some 40 years ago to exact Bassett-Lowke proportions.

 

It has a 20v Crailcrest motor and is constructed from heavy gauge steel sheet with a brass boiler. The wheel castings were supplied by Bonds. I have recently repainted the loco as illustrated in the umber brown livery of The LB&SCR.

 

Bing for Bassett-Lowke

Marsh Atlantic Tank 1923

 

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1923

 

This is the original of the copy above. The loco was overpainted by Bassett-Lowke for sale after the railway grouping of 1923.

 

It has a powerful two-speed clockwork mechanism which will propel the loco for about 120 ft.

 

 

 

S&D 7F 2-8-0

 

 

A kit built model which is moderately low-geared and able to haul long goods trains of tinplate stock at prototypical speeds.

 

This is important on the Duck End line where gradients of up to 1 in 60 are encountered. The loco was built about 25 years ago and has been in regular, trouble-free use ever since.

 

LMS Whale Precursor Tank

 

Another scratch built model constructed by the author to Bassett-Lowke proportions.

 

With limited funds in the piggy bank this loco provided the motive power for most of the Duck End workings for nearly ten years.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke

LNWR George The Fifth 1911

 

 

 

Another early clockwork model with tender from a Bassett-Lowke LNWR ‘Precursor’ of 1907.

 

Double heading with an electric loco, the mechanism has a long-running spring allowing trains to be realistically operated via the electric controller.

Bing for Bassett-Lowke

LNWR Precursor Tank 1910

 

Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1912

 

I discovered this electric loco in the attics of an old farmhouse in 1965. The farmer sold it to me for £15.00 and I became a besotted collector of Gauge 1 railways!

 

DUCK END RAILWAY